Forgiven People Forgive
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18 :12-22
The rest of Matthew 18 follows the parable of a servant whose debt is cancelled by his master. When faced with the same situation in which a fellow servant owed him money, the servant had no mercy and got his peer imprisoned.
Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” (Matthew 18:32-35)
In this passage, Jesus tells us to show unending and radical forgiveness to others and it’s not easy! The fact that we have been forgiven for our sins on the cross reminds us of how costly and painful it is.
Sometimes when we talk about forgiving people, we assume that means we’re approving or excusing or denying what that person has done.
But that’s not it. Just because we have forgiven someone, doesn’t mean we have to pretend that we aren’t hurt. We know how much our sin breaks God’s heart. Yet, He forgives us time and time again- it is the same thing here. Forgiveness is about showing mercy and grace rather than seeking revenge or retribution.
We cannot earn our forgiveness. Jesus has already achieved it for us on the cross. Our willingness to forgive others is evidence that we know God’s forgiveness.
Forgiven people forgive.
Joining initially as a guest writer in January 2014, Katrina has loved being involved with More Precious as it develops into an incredible community of faith and encouragement. She is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance and knowledge that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.